After such a terrible run of results and this being Sunday, we could probably have guessed there would be some stories that Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, is about to be fired by owner Mike Ashley,
Alan Pardew – shell-shocked on Wednesday night against Spurs
And sure enough there’s a story in the Express today that Newcastle must beat Aston Villa if Alan is to retain his job as manager of the club.
Of course Alan would not be the first manager to be fired this season in the Premier League, and Fulham on Friday sacked Rene Meulensteen, who had been in charge for just over two months – and they brought in German coach Felix Magath on an 18-month deal.
But if Alan on the off chance is fired – don’t expect Newcastle to bring in a replacement for him – Newcastle don’t do that kind of thing – at least not in the short-term – otherwise it would look like the club knew what they were doing.
This is some of what the Express is reporting today:
It’s believed that owner Mike Ashley is ready to pull the plug on Pardew, who was appointed in December 2010, if Newcastle fail to beat Aston Villa at home next Sunday.
It’s also believed by some people that the earth is flat.
It seems to us if Alan Pardew is to be fired, it could wait until the end of the season – and Alan would be given a chance in the final 12 games of the season to revive Newcastle, and he’s probably the best one to do that.
And all the other firings in the PL this season have been by clubs facing relegation – and missing out on that huge TV money – and that’s not the case at Newcastle.
But we suppose that John Carver could always come in and run the club as caretaker manager, if Alan was fired.
Carver did that back in 2004, for the home game against Blackburn Rovers, after Sir Bobby Robson was ruthlessly fired and Graeme Souness was hired.
And Newcastle easily won that game against Souness’ former club 3-0 – and that should have told us something about Graeme – who was fired 18 months later.
And Mike Ashley has not attended a game at Newcastle since last September, and we often wonder why he wants to keep owning Newcastle, because he’s made the club mediocre at best in his time as owner, and seems to have very limited ambitions for Newcastle.
What’s the point?
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